Posted by: Tasha C. Taylor | September 24, 2010

UPDATE: West Memphis 3 Case to be Argued September 30th at Arkansas Supreme Court (Live Video Stream Available)

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on September 30, 2010, in the case of Damien Wayne Echols v. State of Arkansas

A notice issued today by the Administrative Office of the Courts provides that although seating will be limited in the courtroom itself, there will be an overflow room set up at the Justice Building to accommodate those who wish to attend the argument in person and who are unable to get a seat in the courtroom.  The notice also reminds the public that the arguments can be viewed live online through the Court’s new video feed of oral arguments. 

To view the oral argument live from your computer, visit the Oral Argument Video page at the Arkansas Judiciary Website or click on the link to that page at the top of the sidebar to your right (under Live Feed of Oral Arguments).  

Today’s notice also provides that on September 30, 2010, the Justice Building will be open at 7:30 a.m. and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with only 15 seats reserved for the media.  The following rules will be enforced for those in attendance at the September 30th oral argument:

  • Everyone who enters the building must go through security.
  • No signs, shirts, buttons, or other displays in support of or against any party in this case or related cases will be allowed (anyone wishing to hold signs or other information must do so outside, although the streets, sidewalks, and entrances must remain unobstructed).
  • No weapons of any kind will be permitted.
  • No cameras or recording devices will be permitted in the courtroom.
  • No umbrellas allowed.
  • No buttons, shirts, or signs supporting any party involved in a case will be permitted.
  • No campaign material permitted.
  • Phones must be turned off in the courtroom.

The William H. Bowen School of Law plans to stream the arguments in the Echols case in the Friday Courtroom on September 30, 2010.  The law school’s event will be open to the public.

UPDATE:  On November 4, 2010, the Arkansas Supreme Court handed down its opinion in the West Memphis 3 cases.  The Court reversed and remanded for an evidentiary hearing and reconsideration of the motion in light of the proper interpretation of the statutes. See Arkansas Supreme Court: West Memphis 3 Cases Reversed and Remanded.


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